ADL Offers $50,000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Those Responsible for Murder of Ari Halberstam

ADL Offers $50,000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Those Responsible for Murder of Ari Halberstam

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is offering a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any co-conspirators or persons rendering criminal assistance in the 1994 murder of Ari Halberstam and the attempted murder of 14 teenagers on the Brooklyn Bridge. 

ADL is searching for anyone with additional information on the March 1, 1994 murder of the sixteen-year-old shot on the Brooklyn Bridge when a Lebanese-born terrorist and livery driver, Rashid Baz, opened fire on a van carrying him and 14 other yeshiva bachurim. Baz, who died in prison last year, is no longer a potential source of information in the case. 

“The death of Ari Halberstam was indisputably an antisemitic terrorist attack and a hate crime that sent shock waves through the Jewish community and the entire country,” says Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. “We greatly appreciate the federal government’s efforts to seek justice against Baz and his co-conspirators. But the question remains: Were others involved as part of a larger conspiracy? We hope that this new reward will incentivize anyone who has any information in this case to step forward.” 

Despite his defense’s claim that the shooting was initially prompted by a traffic dispute, Baz was convicted in a jury trial of one count of murder and 14 counts of attempted murder and sentenced to serve 141 years in prison. Baz subsequently admitted he intentionally targeted Jews and had pre-planned the assault, following the van as it made its way into Brooklyn. The murder has since been reclassified as a terrorist incident by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI. 

“I applaud the ADL’s unwavering commitment to exposing and combatting antisemitic violence and to working together with the law enforcement community to hold the perpetrators of this egregious civil rights violation accountable,” says Devorah Halberstam, Ari’s mother. “With their help, I’m hopeful that all of the perpetrators of the horrific anti-Semitic terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge – not just Rashid Baz, but everyone involved – can finally be brought to justice.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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